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Rustic Elegant Wedding at the Vineyards At Chappel Lodge

A gorgeous fall, Texas wedding with a color palette so pretty I could cry and beautiful blooms around every corner from Visual Lyrics - does it get any better? Sprinkle in some perfectly planned details from 3 Apples Events and some stunning photography by Forever Photography Studio, and I’m pretty sure we can say this is as good as it gets. See it all here.


From the Bride…When we started discussing our wedding, we had our hearts set on an intimate outdoor ceremony followed by a celebration underneath the stars. October 19th was the day we chose for our wedding for several reasons: We love the fall weather in Texas (who doesn’t!?), we were both born on the 19th, and it would be a full moon that night…which would be perfect for our outdoor festivities. Our goal was to find an awesome team of vendors who would work well together and make our dream outdoor wedding a reality. We wanted our wedding to be a night of celebration and romance surrounded by our favorite people in the world.

So, our wedding planning with choosing the venue. We wanted a unique venue for our outdoor ceremony, so when we went to look at The Vineyards at Chappel lodge, we knew it was perfect for us. We immediately fell in love with the gorgeous tree canopy over the ceremony site and the rustic elegance of the reception site.

One of the things we were adamant about is making sure we had delicious and memorable food for our guests. Working with the Royal Fig team to create a perfect menu for our wedding day was so much fun…. and delicious. We are still receiving compliments from guests on how wonderful our food was!

As a long time blog-follower of Forever Photography, my decision was easy when it came to choosing a photographer, and it was further solidified as soon as I met adorable Jona and Jerry Blackwell. The dynamic duo that is Forever Photography has been absolutely wonderful to work with, and their attention to detail is incredible. We can’t wait to see all of the photos from our wedding day!

Walking through an antique fair in Round Top, Texas looking for inspiration, we stumbled across amazing rusted tractor parts that knew would make the perfect centerpieces for our wedding. When I took them to our florist, and told her about our concept of industrial romance, she loved our idea. Visual lyrics designed gorgeous floral arrangements to accompany our unique pieces, and created a stunning floral arbor and beautiful bouquets and boutineers for our ceremony, as well. She even included tiny watch gears on the boutineers to coordinate with our theme, which I absolutely loved! We could not have been more pleased with how everything turned out!

I also wanted to make sure to incorporate a few more personal touches to make our wedding a unique celebration. So, I designed the table numbers, menus, ceremony programs, bar & signature drink menu, and any other signage used. Ernie’s very talented niece also made our thumbprint guestbook for us, and it turned out beautiful!

We hand-selected our own musical selections played by a Musical Discovery of Austin. For the wedding party, we chose for them to walk to ‘Happy Together’ by the Turtles because it is such a happy, upbeat song! I walked down the aisle to Bryan Adam’s ‘Everything I Do’, and we processed down the aisle after the ceremony to Luke Bryan’s ‘I Don’t Want This Night To End’.

I wore a strapless lace Pronovias wedding dress, a cathedral length veil, and ivory peep toe flats. For my something old, I had a lapel pin of my grandfathers pinned in my bouquet. For my something new, I wore a diamond tennis bracelet from my parents. For my something borrowed, I wore my great grandmother’s wedding band on my right hand. And for my something blue, I had my grandmother’s sapphire earrings. My bridesmaids wore wine-colored, one shoulder gowns from Bill Levkoff. Ernie and his groomsmen wore navy Signature Collection suits from Jos A Bank with ivory French cuffed shirts. Ernie also wore special Lucchesse Caiman belly boots that he had made specifically for the wedding and Texas State Bobcat cufflinks that I gifted him on our wedding day.

We wanted someone who knew us as a couple to officiate our wedding so we asked Robert Emmitt, Senior Pastor of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, to marry us. Luckily for us, he also happens to be the father in law of Ernie’s sister and he did an incredible job. We also asked Ernie’s three sisters to each select a scripture to read before our vows, which was a lovely addition to our ceremony. One surprise I had up my sleeve, was that I had Ernie’s wedding band custom-made. So, the first time he saw it was when I placed it on his finger during our vows! The entire ceremony was absolutely perfect…from the gorgeous weather and Robert’s wonderful message to Ernie surprising ME with a dip during our first kiss as man and wife! After our ceremony, our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the courtyard of our venue where guests could enjoy appetizers and try one of our signature cocktails: The Hilarita or Ernie Palmer. Our guests were seated once we were done taking pictures, and dinner was served family-style. After dinner came the toasts, first dances and cake cutting…and of course, the dessert bar that Ernie chose in lieu of a groom’s cake. Best. Night. Ever. Our wedding went by so fast, but it was everything we had hoped it would be…and SO much more!

Each phase of planning our wedding will be cherished; from getting engaged on the campus of our Alma Mater, to shopping and finding the perfect dress with my mom and sisters, to seeing my handsome hubby-to-be at the end of the aisle on our wedding day while being escorted by my Dad. We look back on our wedding day and feel completely blessed to have been surrounded by such an amazing support group of family and friends. We feel honored to have had the ones we love most around us on our most special day, and are so thankful for an amazing “A-team” of vendors that turned our dreams into a reality. I am so fortunate and so thankful for Ernie’s resourcefulness with power tools and a glue gun. I am also appreciative for my mom and sisters, who came to our rescue to finish several last minute details the week prior to the wedding. We are also thankful for the lovely Margaret Bedikian from 3 Apples Events for being our month-of coordinator. She is an amazing planner and talented organizer. She was our calming voice of reason when things got a little hectic towards the end, and being the planner that I am…that is not an easy task. I am grateful for her team who made sure everything was in place and the night went smoothly. Thank you to everyone who played a part in making our wedding day the most perfect day for us!

Photography: Forever Photography Studio | Coordinator: 3 Apples Events | Flowers: Visual Lyrics | Cake: Sugar Mamas | Makeup: Adrienne | Vineyards At Chappel Lodge: Vineyards At Chappel Lodge

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Modern Chic Wedding in Texas’s Hill Country

This goes out to all of you die-hard stripe lovers, lemon connoisseurs and modern aficionados. It’s a mod infused garden party ripe with citrus and greenery fashioned by JMG Designs along with coordination by Elegant Events  and maybe the chicest bridesmaid/ flower girl combo we’ve ever seen. Stripes and yellow look good on you, Hill Country. Check out even more of the day captured by Heather Rowland Photography right here.


This charming hill country wedding set at the Westin La Cantera Resort outside San Antonio was true perfection. The bride, Emily, found fresh lemon wreaths mixed with bold black and white canopy stripes as her inspiration. She accented kraft envelopes & touches of burlap throughout the event to give the bold black, white, and yellow a comfortable and relaxed feel for summer. Staying true to her classic charm, Emily wanted a touch of something unique and different yet tasteful and bold. Emily and Russ shared the vows on The El Fortin Lawn within limestone arches laced with breathtaking hill country views. Guests were seated under a historical oak tree that spanned across the entire lawn blanketing the congregation in perfect shade. The Reception took place on at the Club house and overlooked the acclaimed golf course, which was a perfect backdrop for photos of the newlyweds. The reception was appropriately cohesive to the overall feel of the wedding and also showcased bold black and white canopy stripes as table cloths. Each table had floral accents adored with fresh lemon give the entire venue the freshest citrus aroma. The couple had the most quaint seating arrangement, with framed monogrammed chalkboards noting their places. Vintage string lights wrapped around the reception site as guests danced the night away under the Texas stars. The newlyweds made their exit in a vintage Rolls-Royce and enjoyed a honeymoon in the Bahamas.

Photography: Heather Rowland Photography | Event Design: JMG Designs | Flowers: Patti Weaver & Ridgewood Designs | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Ceremony: The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio | Reception: The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering & Cake: The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio | Coordination: Maureen Riebel, Elegant Events | Invitation: Sparrow & Nest | Second Shooter: Carmen Rose Evans Of Love Carmen Rose | Transportation: Al Briseno Rolls-Royce

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Elegant Outdoor Dinner Party

While we’re on the topic of outdoor entertaining, we thought it would be fitting to take a long, meandering look at this incredibly elegant dinner party. As it turns out, when you pair O’Malley Photographers with Mayhar Design magical things ensue. Throw in the most incredible floral centerpiece I’ve ever seen, and a picture perfect cake and you’ve got yourself an evening straight from heaven.

From Mayhar Design … To say that I am obsessed with color is a slight understatement. Hands down, it is one of my favorite ways to begin any design process. I love the way various tones and shades play off of and compliment each other in some of the most unusual and unexpected ways. As a compliment to the gorgeous estate, we played with tones of blue and coral and what better way to play than introducing them into a dinner party! Summer evenings entertaining friends and family are a fun and creative outlet and the perfect place to try out new designs on a small scale!

When planning small events at home, it’s often overwhelming to think of fresh options, especially when you are working with the same set of decor each time. However, with just a little color, you can easily freshen up your party décor. By bringing in flowers, foods and a few linens geared towards a specific color palette or theme, watch your everyday pieces transform to create new and interesting designs each time! When planning or designing, always experiment and try new things. We hope you enjoy!!

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Custom Wood Bench: Eugene Bernard | Event & Floral Design: Mayhar Design

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